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Don Kirshner, the Man with the Golden Ear, dies at 76



Don KirshnerDon Kirshner, whose TV show Don Kirshner's Rock Concert served as a launching pad for scores of rock bands, has died at age 76, according to media reports.

Kirshner died Monday in Boca Raton, Fla, according to Billboard. The cause was heart failure, according to his publicist.

"Over a career that spanned several decades, Kirshner is best known for fostering the 'Brill Building' hitmaking team of the late 1950s and early 1960s, which included such classic songwriters as Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Neil Diamond and many others working under the umbrella of the Kirshner and Al Nevin's Aldon Music," Billboard says.

His TV show ran from 1973 to 1981, beginning its first broadcast with a performance by the Rolling Stones. Among the '80s era artists who appeared: Prince and the Revolution, Devo, Cheap Trick, The Police, Billy Joel, Journey, Kansas, Molly Hatchet and Rush.

Kirshner was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2007.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 2:09pm]


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